Paola Almonte is a talented animator and motion media artist with a BFA in Animation and Motion Media from Lesley University. She has honed her skills in 2D and 3D animation through internships and projects, showcasing her work on platforms like the Boston Marquee, asset creation for mobile app development and the recent virtual/hybrid shows with White Snake Projects. Beyond her animation career, in her leisure time, she enjoys watching videos, animated films, documentaries, and engaging in online learning like coding to develop her tech skills, making 3D projects on her personal computer, reading about new tech, and playing various video game genres. Paola is driven to inspire others from diverse backgrounds, serving as a role model for people of color, women, and individuals with disabilities. Currently working as an animator at Northern Light Productions, she brings a unique perspective and unwavering dedication to every project.
Hanah began working at Northern Light Productions as an animation intern in the fall of 2020 as part of her college curriculum, during which she worked on motion graphics for the Canadian Museum of History and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. She recently joined Northern Light Productions after graduating from Lesley University with a BFA in Animation & Motion Media and a minor in biology in 2022. With a deep fascination and enthusiasm for both animated storytelling and the natural world, Hanah loves to create unique pieces of animation that entertain and educate her audience.
Kunjal is a graphic designer, typographer with 18+ years of experience in strategic brand design, iconic graphics, interactive design, print, packaging and digital media. A dynamic collaborator with multi-discipline creators, she has an inventive approach to bringing stories to life, from concept to execution. After 15 years in Advertising and Corporate Design, Kunjal now designs for forward-thinking clients with a shared belief in education and social change at Northern Light Production. Passionate about design thinking, she believes that meaningful communication requires a deep understanding of the purpose and the audience. Some of her recent and on-going work includes designing digital interactive exhibits for Museum of Mississippi History, American Writers Museum, Dana-Farber, and the Tennessee State Museum.
The beauty of many of Northern Light’s films can be attributed to Jesse Beecher, Northern Light’s staff Director of Photography since 2007. Jesse has extensive experience in large sensor HD shooting, 4K shooting, aerial shooting, knowledge of chip settings, lenses/vintage lenses, and dramatic/scenic lighting skills. Jesse’s work can be seen at various museums, visitor centers, and institutions both near and far. Recently, he shot Northern Light’s feature documentary, Birth of A Movement: The Battle Against America’s First Blockbuster, which aired on PBS. He also filmed various media elements for the First Division Museum, including a complex virtual reality program. In addition to being a Cinematographer, Jesse is a talented graphic artist. He holds a BA in Documentary Film Production from Emerson College.
James has been working at Northern Light since 2012, during which time his work in character animation and motion graphics have been featured in numerous museum exhibits in the U.S. and Canada. His most recent work includes motion graphics for the American Writers Museum, the First Division Museum, and the Canadian Museum of History. James is passionate about fictional storytelling and is working on an animated series for the web called Z-Boy with his partner Zoë. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, he holds a BFA in Animation.
Eric joined Northern Light in 2010 and has brought a range of skills and experience to the team. In his role as Lead Animator, he's worked on numerous permanent museum installations and documentaries for television. Some highlights of his work include the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, the San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico, the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York, and the Canadian History Hall in Quebec, Canada. Eric holds a BA in New Media from the University of Maine and a Certificate in 3D Animation from the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts.